Trending
MOST READ
Beaches Be Trippin\': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Beaches Be Trippin': Five Texas Coast Spots Worth the Drive

Arts & Culture: Let’s face it, most of us Lone Stars view the Texas coast as a poor man’s Waikiki. Hell, maybe just a poor man’s Panama Beach — only to be used... By Callie Enlow 7/10/2013
Best Local Sandwiches

Best Local Sandwiches

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

News: The annual City budget is a dense and often arcane thing, filled with “mandates,” “restricted funds,” and “special funds.” It isn’t the lightest reading... By Heywood Sanders 9/17/2014
Best Happy Hour

Best Happy Hour

Best of SA 2013: 4/24/2013
Free Will Astrology

Free Will Astrology

Astrology: ARIES (March 21-April 19): These horoscopes I write for you aren’t primarily meant to predict the future. They are more about uncovering hidden potentials and... By Rob Brezsny 9/17/2014
Calendar

Search hundreds of restaurants in our database.

Search hundreds of clubs in our database.

Follow us on Instagram @sacurrent

Print Email

Aural Pleasure Review

Savages: 'Silence Yourself'

Photo: , License: N/A


The dark songs come at you like a bulldozer and embrace you like a black octopus. Singer Jehnny Beth is a Patti Smith-meets-P.J. Harvey wailer; guitarist Gemma Thompson is a brutal executioner; bassist Ayse Hassan and drummer Fay Milton keep the ball rolling with often-weird time signatures, but you don’t even notice it. The English band has often been compared to Siouxsie and The Banshees and Joy Division, but I go way back: I have never heard this level of raw, aggression-with-a-cause since MC5. Savages, however, resemble the fab four; the CD cover art shows them a la Meet The Beatles and they’re fond of mantra-like repetitions, but they’re more “Helter Skelter” than “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” With Savages, you don’t hum — you scream. Call it enlightened darkness, but wherever the doomsday vibe comes from, it’s not a downer — it’s empowering. And the band means business. When they repeat “silence yourself” over and over on the title track, they don’t just mean your mind, but your cell phone. “PUT THAT SHIT AWAY! … MUCH LOVE AND MANY THANKS!” was the sign at one of their shows (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have done something similar, let’s hope the trend continues). The album starts with an existential conversation between Gena Rowlands and Joan Blondell in Opening Night, John Cassavetes’ underrated 1977 masterpiece. “Are you coming for the ride? Are you coming?” asks Savages in the wall-of-guitar earthquake “I Am Here.” You bet I am, and you should be too — catch them live in October at Austin City Limits, Savages’ reportedly astounding live show will be the act to watch.

Recently in Music
  • The Permanent Gangsta Status of Mobb Deep’s Prodigy Prodigy, better known to ’90s rap aficionados as the prodigious half of Queensbridge duo Mobb Deep, has made a successful career operating on... | 9/17/2014
  • Our Picks for the 31st Annual Jazz’SAlive Eddie Palmieri: 9:30pm Saturday. Jazz’SAlive has traditionally made sure to clear at least one headlining space for Latin jazz... | 9/17/2014
  • Loudon Wainwright Hasn’t Got the Blues (Yet) Emerging with his eponymous debut in 1970, singer/songwriter Loudon Wainwright III found himself lumped along with fellow post-Dylan folk-revivalists Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens and Randy Newman. But where those contemporaries relied on abstract imagery or p | 9/17/2014
We welcome user discussion on our site, under the following guidelines:

To comment you must first create a profile and sign-in with a verified DISQUS account or social network ID. Sign up here.

Comments in violation of the rules will be denied, and repeat violators will be banned. Please help police the community by flagging offensive comments for our moderators to review. By posting a comment, you agree to our full terms and conditions. Click here to read terms and conditions.
comments powered by Disqus